Nov 1st 2016, 9:44 AM Tuesday 1 Nov 2016, 9:44 AM Poll Results: YesNoNo opinion/no interestVote No opinion/no interest (712) Yes (12883) Image: AP/Press Association Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 312 Comments Short URL THE CABINET IS set to discuss a proposal to take in 200 unaccompanied minors from the recently-demolished Calais migrant camp.The issue of what to do with the children has been a topical debate in the France and UK. Charity Not On Our Watch estimated that there are upwards of 1,000 children who are now wandering the streets in France.Fine Gael Chief Whip Regina Doherty has said she is in favour of relocating 200 of the children to Ireland and described it as a “no-brainer”. Speaking to the Irish Times, she said ministers would decide the Government’s position on the matter tomorrow.This morning we’re asking: Should Ireland provide safe-haven to 200 unaccompanied minors from the Calais migrant camp? By Garreth MacNamee No (11971) Poll: Should Ireland take in 200 minors from the Calais migrant camp? Ministers are set to discuss a proposal to take in 200 unaccompanied minors from the recently-demolished camp. Image: AP/Press Association Images Share2674 Tweet Email5 52,610 Views http://jrnl.ie/3056477
Follow us: the42.ie Updated at 22.00JAMIE VARDY SCORED in vain as Leicester City’s Champions League fairytale came to a valiant end following a 1-1 quarter-final draw at home to Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.Seeking to overturn a 1-0 first-leg deficit, Leicester fell further behind to Saul Niguez’s first-half header, before Vardy’s 61st-minute strike gave them hope.But despite heavy Leicester pressure and furious noise inside the King Power Stadium, Atletico completed a 2-1 aggregate win to reach the semi-finals for the third time in four seasons.Leicester had hoped to become the competition’s first debutant semi-finalists since Villarreal in 2006, but they were unable to engineer a repeat of their last-16 triumph against Sevilla.Their exit brings to an end a golden adventure sparked by last season’s stunning Premier League title win.Having successfully staved off the threat of relegation under new manager Craig Shakespeare, the rest of their season now holds nothing more than a return to pre-title normality.It is the third time Atletico have eliminated Leicester from continental competition, after previous triumphs in the 1961-62 European Cup Winners’ Cup and the 1997-98 UEFA Cup.Beaten by city foes Real Madrid in the 2014 and 2016 finals, Diego Simeone’s side can continue to dream that this will be the year they finally end their wait for European football’s biggest prize.Leicester’s desire to make the most of the occasion was clear from the start, pyrotechnic bursts greeting the players as they emerged while fans twirled blue, white and gold foil flags distributed by the club.But whereas Leicester had quickly taken charge of their second-leg match against Sevilla in the previous round, Atletico made it clear they would not be pushed around like their compatriots.- Shakespeare switch -They defended with their customary tenacity, while two dangerous crosses from Yannick Carrasco — preferred up front to the fit-again Kevin Gameiro — demonstrated their threat on the counter.It was just as Leicester were threatening to make inroads, Shinji Okazaki stabbing wide at the near post from Vardy’s cross, that the visitors tightened their grip on the tie.Filipe Luis was given space to shape a cross into the box from the left and the unmarked Saul expertly guided a header past Kasper Schmeichel’s outstretched right hand and into the bottom-left corner.Riyad Mahrez volleyed straight at Jan Oblak at the other end after Marc Albrighton’s cross was headed away, but it was the voices of the away fans that rang loudest as the half-time whistle sounded.The second half brought with it drastic changes for the hosts, with Ben Chilwell and Leonardo Ulloa replacing Yohan Benalouane and Okazaki as Shakespeare switched to a bold 3-4-3 system.Antoine Griezmann gave them a scare with an early dart into the box, but Atletico soon found themselves on the back foot.After Chilwell had thrashed over, Leicester levelled, Vardy slamming in from inside the six-yard box after Chilwell’s shot had been charged down by Stefan Savic.The final half-hour was one-way traffic, but Atletico repelled everything Leicester threw at them.Ulloa and Vardy both had shots blocked, while Vardy’s flick was caught by Oblak and Mahrez whipped a free-kick narrowly over the bar.Leicester captain Wes Morgan, passed fit to play after six games out with a back problem, succumbed to injury late on, symbolically hobbling off as Leicester’s European dream faded away.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! 29 Comments Leicester City’s Daniel Amartey (left), Kasper Schmeichel (left) and Jamie Vardy after the second leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter final match at the King Power Stadium. Image: Nick Potts 16,602 Views Tuesday 18 Apr 2017, 9:45 PM Finn Harps issue positive update on pair following worrying scenes in Ballybofey>Roma head queue for Liverpool’s Sakho as Reds plan summer spending> Leicester’s Champions League dream ended by Atletico A brave effort from Craig Shakespeare’s side was not enough on the night. https://the42.ie/3346205 Leicester City’s Daniel Amartey (left), Kasper Schmeichel (left) and Jamie Vardy after the second leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter final match at the King Power Stadium. Short URL By AFP Image: Nick Potts Share Tweet Email1 Apr 18th 2017, 9:45 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Follow us: the42.ie ‘The best feeling in the world’ as Sharapova makes winning return following 15-month ban Thursday 27 Apr 2017, 8:23 AM Source: TRT World/YouTubeEUGENIE BOUCHARD BRANDED Maria Sharapova as a “cheater” over her return from a drugs ban and suggested the Russian should be kicked out of tennis for life.Bouchard said the Women’s Tennis Association was sending the wrong message in allowing the five-time Grand Slam winner to come back from her 15-month suspension.Russia’s Sharapova — the world’s highest-paid female athlete for more than a decade until last year, according to Forbes — won on Wednesday on her comeback after testing positive for meldonium.“I don’t think that’s right. She’s a cheater and so to me, I don’t think a cheater in any sport should be allowed to play that sport again,” Canada’s Bouchard, the world number 59, told TRT World in Istanbul.It’s so unfair to all the other players who do it the right way and are true. So I just think the WTA sends the wrong message to young kids: you know, cheat and we’ll welcome you back with open arms.“So I don’t think that’s right. She’s not someone I can say I look up to any more because it’s definitely ruined it for me a little bit.”Sharapova, 30, has pleaded that she had been taking meldonium for medical reasons for 10 years and didn’t know it had been added to the list of banned substances last year.Her return on a wildcard in Stuttgart, where she beat Roberta Vinci on Wednesday, has proved divisive with both criticism and support from her fellow players.Sharapova will learn on 16 May whether she will receive a wildcard for the French Open, the year’s second Grand Slam which she won in 2012 and 2014.– © AFP 2017 The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! 25,788 Views Share45 Tweet Email 35 Comments By AFP Short URL Bouchard takes a stand against ‘cheat’ Sharapova, says she should be banned for life Tennis bosses sending the wrong message by allowing Sharapova to return, says Bouchard. http://the42.ie/3360674 Apr 27th 2017, 8:23 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
By Gráinne Ní Aodha 10,681 Views Tuesday 27 Aug 2019, 8:45 AM Short URL For those of you getting paid this week: happy payday. Treat yourself. Source: Shutterstock/Lisovskaya NataliaEVERY MORNING TheJournal.ie brings you all the news you need to know as you start the day.1. #UNSUSTAINABLE: Providing emergency accommodation for asylum seekers in Ireland costs nearly three times more than Direct Provision centres.2. #OPIOID CRISIS: A US judge has ordered healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson to pay $572 million for its role in fostering the state’s opioid addiction crisis.3. #SCOIL AN GHLEANNA: A small south Kerry primary school has made history by becoming the first to transfer from Catholic to multi-denominational patronage, RTÉ reports.4. #BACK TO SCHOOL: St Vincent de Paul has reported a 4% increase in the number of families looking for help with back-to-school costs this summer.5. #AMAZON FIRES: Brazil has rejected an €18 million aid offer from G7 countries to fight ongoing wildfires in the Amazon rainforest, as more fires break out.6. #DISTILLERIES: The Irish Whiskey Association has lodged several complaints with the Food Safety Authority of Ireland about what it claims is the mislabelling of whiskey products, the Irish Times reports.7. #MUCKAMORE ABUSE: An investigation has so far identified 1,500 crimes committed against patients with learning difficulties in one healthcare ward, the Irish News reports exclusively.8. #LIBEL LAWS: Catherine Murphy has said that she isn’t surprised that John Delaney used defamation actions against the Irish media, saying that individuals should not be able to use defamation laws to try to “hold media outlets to ransom”.9. #THE TROUBLES: It’s the 40th anniversary of the killing of Lord Louis Mountbatten and three others in Sligo, as well as the killing of 18 British soldiers at Narrow Water in two separate IRA attacks.On the go? You can now listen to the 9 at 9 as an audio bulletin from TheJournal.ie, supported by Volkswagen. Get started by hitting the button below. 1 Comment https://jrnl.ie/4783469 Get the 9 at 9 News audio Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email Aug 27th 2019, 7:48 AM The 9 at 9: Tuesday It’s back-to-school week, so a few educational stories are making the headlines today.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Maria Damanaki, the commissioner for maritime affairs, publicly distanced herself from European Commission policies that she says could lead to “social degradation” and called for an “alternative economic policy agenda”. In a prepared speech to a meeting of trade unionists in Brussels earlier this week, she said: “We have been too shy with the growth and job part of our resolve. While no could deny the need for fiscal consolidation, one could have aimed at a better balance between austerity and growth.”Composed of individuals from across the mainstream of the political spectrum -13 conservatives, seven liberals and seven social democrats, each member is appointed by a national government and they are not supposed to represent their state within the EU executive.The commission college does however regularly battle over policy decisions, but behind closed doors. In public, they are supposed to embrace a uniform line, which until now has been that however punishing in the short term, there is no alternative to austerity.Ms Damanaki however has now gone public with her disagreements, the first commissioner to do so, saying that there is an alternative and that she has fought against the logic of austerity within commission discussions.“Too much emphasis is placed on the debt problem. Consolidation [the jargon for balancing budgets] is not a sufficient answer if it’s not coupled with economic growth. And it is a distortive answer if it leads to social degradation.”“Is fiscal consolidation the right and only path to go for all countries? No, it is not.”The speech, given to a conference on EU austerity policies at the European Trade Union Congress in Brussels on Wednesday, was embraced by attendees.“Since the economic crisis, we’ve basically been excluded from the commission. Normally we go there and there’s no negotiations at all. We just get laughed at,” said a member of the European Federation of Public Services Union, a trade union federation that helped organise the event, but who did not want to be named.“So it was excellent to hear a different vision by an EU commissioner.”She said that the commission had to give up its view workers protections as problematic: “We have to stop addressing the labour issues negatively, as a burden to recovery.”The Greek commissioner, a member of Greece’s centre-left Pasok party that is currently imposing a regime of austerity drafted by the troika of the commission, the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank, said that Brussels is not considering the need to stimulate growth and create jobs and is only focussing on cutting public spending.“Economic growth, investment and employment in Europe could have been taken on a par with the expenditure control logic, which is being used as the only privileged tool for the consolidation of the European economies.”“Is it only a debt crisis? The answer is ‘No’ … Too much emphasis is placed on the debt problem.”She said that the impact of austerity on employment has been “disappointing”, noting how “more and more European workers are in precarious jobs only,” with 13 percent on fixed-term contracts, 23 million in what she called “bogus self-employment with no contractual cover and little social protection.”“Insecurity has become a pervasive feature of Europe’s labour market.”“We need to care about creating jobs now,” she said.“What we actually need is an alternative economic policy agenda. An agenda that will allow the exit from the crisis in a socially fair way. Let’s dare discuss new ideas, which until now remain taboo.”Until 2003 a leading figure within Synapsismos, a coalition of Greek parties to the left of Pasok, she said the emphasis instead of austerity must be on job creation, and that banks should be made to pay “their share”. “There exists a different approach to the problem of debt. If, for instance, the banks were ready to accept their share of responsibility in a situation of restructuring of sovereign debt, fiscal consolidation could be pursued in a socially more acceptable way.”She said that she also supports EU-level issuance of bonds, a proposal backed by the Party of European Socialists, her political family, as well as a European tax on financial transactions, bank levies and green taxation – all as a way to find new sources of revenue to finance the creation of employment. She also embraced deep European federalism as a solution, saying that another possibility is “a fully-fledged economic union, with harmonised taxes, co-ordinated labour laws and pension systems,” – positions on EU integration far exceeding any Brussels has yet dared propose.”Ending her speech, she hit out at the “short-termism” of the current approach, saying the commission should not only be out to “please” business.“We need long-term vision for our citizens, not a short-term reaction to please financial markets,” she concluded. “Europe is a political and social project – it has never been and can never be solely a market.”Source: EUobserver
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Federal MP Steve Georganas officially opened the $9 million Michael Herbert Bridge (Wodlibulto Wadlakatta) over Patawalonga Lake in South Australia last week. Thanks to petitioning by local residents, the new bridge was named in memory of Michael Herbert (Wodlibulto Wadlakatta), an RAAF Flying Officer of indigenous descent, who grew up nearby in Glenelg North. Herbert was listed as missing in Vietnam in 1970 after his Canberra bomber went down in the jungle near the Laos border whilst on a mission. His remains were finally found and brought home to Australia in 2009. The new bridge which was funded through the federal government’s Nation Building Roads to Recovery Program and The City of Holdfast Bay Council, is expected to carry 11,000 vehicles every day.
Low oil rates are bringing an end to the domination of coal in terms of the cheapest fuel for producing electrical energy in Greece.The slump in global oil prices over the last couple of months will – with the usual three-month delay – affect natural gas rates from October, making the production of electricity with natural gas cheaper than with lignite for the first time.Although this development may prove temporary, it will lead to changes in the domestic electricity market, where lignite has to date remained the dominant fuel even though it is only Public Power Corporation that has access to it. Consumers should enjoy an immediate benefit if they have contracts with alternative suppliers to PPC that include a fuel clause which rolls over any changes in natural gas rates to the final consumer.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Victoria has the fastest annual economic growth rate in the nation, according to the CommSec State of States report released last week.Victoria’s economy has grown by 3.6 per cent over the last year, faster than any other state, while also leading the way in population growth, and performing strongly in retail trade, business investment, construction work, and housing finance.“The trend is clear – Victoria is fast emerging as the nation’s leading economic powerhouse with jobs, construction, retail trade and business conditions all on the rise,” Treasurer Tim Pallas said.“The resilience and strength being displayed by the Victorian economy is providing opportunities and jobs across the state, and positioning us well for the challenges that lay ahead.”Retail spending in Victoria is also 14.5 per cent above decade-average levels, which was supported by home building and robust employment.Victorian construction work is 6.1 per cent higher than a year ago while dwellings under construction are 36.2 per cent above the decade average.The CommSec State of the States report has further reiterated recent data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics Labour Force and the NAB Business Survey which show Victoria is leading the way nationally.The NAB Business Survey showed Victoria’s business conditions rose strongly in the June quarter, growing +7 index points to +18 index points, ten points higher than a year ago.Meanwhile, the ABS figures showed strong employment growth in regional areas during the past three months.Across Victoria, there are 147,000 more people in work than in November 2014, with more than 112,000 of those jobs full time. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Aegean Airlines has continued to maintain its high standards, and the world is taking note.The Greek air service has been awarded Best Regional Airline in Europe at the Skytrax World Airline Awards.Also known as the Passenger Choice Awards, it is the seventh consecutive year Aegean has won the title, and the eighth time over a 10 year period.Aegean was also recognised as having the Best Cabin Crew in Southern Europe.According to a customer survey carried out for the awards from August 2016 to May 2017, over 19.2 million passengers from around the world rated Aegean Airlines for its top quality services and hospitality on board.Among the World’s Best Regional Airlines as a whole, Aegean was ranked fourth.Meanwhile around the world, Alaska Airlines took out the title of Best Regional Airline in North America, Royal Air Maroc in Africa, Bangkok Airways in Asia, in South America Azul Brazilian Airlines, and for central Asia and India, Azerbaijan Airlines came out on top.Awarded the title of World Airline of the Year was Singapore Airlines.
A surge has been recorded in the number or paternity tests being requested at Greek DNA labs across the country since the beginning of 2019, according to forensics scientists.Dr Leda Kovatsi, associate professor of forensic medicine and toxicology and head of the DNA Department at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUT) told Kathimerini that January and February are the lab’s busiest months.According to Dr Kovatsi, the labs are receiving an increasing number of requests for tests primarily from men but also women who are uncertain about the paternity of a child.“Very often it concerns children that have been born out of wedlock and men want to know it is really theirs before recognising them,” she said.“We also have requests from spouses who have doubts about one of their children. We had a father who had three children out of wedlock, and while he was sure about the first two, he had doubts about the third,” she added, commenting that paternity tests in Greece are somewhat of a “seasonal product”.“Over the holidays, families meet and they stir up doubts and old disagreements. Nobody bothers us in the summer,” she said. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Nuage de cendres : retour à la normale pour le trafic aérien espagnolEspagne – Tous les aéroports espagnols sont à nouveau ouverts. Ils avaient été fermés hier, suite à de nouvelles perturbations dues à l’éruption du volcan islandais Eyjafjöll. L’aéroport de Valence, le dernier encore fermé avant 8 heures ce matin, a finalement rouvert en Espagne. De nombreux aéroports avaient cessé leur activité dans la journée de mardi, suite à la présence d’un nouveau nuage de cendres, inoffensif pour la santé mais dangereux pour le trafic aérien.Au total, environ 1.000 vols avaient été annulés jusqu’à 19 heures, surtout dans les îles Canaries et en Andalousie. Le 12 mai 2010 à 11:08 • Emmanuel Perrin
Publicité en ligne : nouvel accord entre MySpace et GoogleLe géant américain et le réseau social sont parvenus à un nouvel accord concernant la recherche et la publicité en ligne.C’est la fin de plusieurs mois d’incertitude quant à l’avenir du partenariat entre Google et MySpace. Leur nouvel accord a été annoncé hier. Selon lui, Google doit gérer en particulier la publicité liée aux mots-clés recherchés sur MySpace, explique Reuters. Cependant, les termes exacts de l’accord n’ont pas été rendus publics.À lire aussiSéisme, Google et chargeur, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 22 juinUn premier partenariat entre Google et MySpace avait été scellé en 2006 : Google garantissait 680 millions d’euros à News Corp, qui possède le réseau social, en échange du droit de vendre des espaces publicitaires correspondant aux recherches effectuées par les utilisateurs de MySpace.Concernant la publicité en ligne, News Corp avait déjà échangé avec Microsoft et Yahoo. MySpace ne cesse de perdre du terrain face aux réseaux sociaux concurrents, notamment Facebook, fondé en 2004 par Mark Zuckerberg, élu personnalité de l’année par le Time (voir notre article). Le site de News Corp a donc dû revoir sa stratégie et se présente aujourd’hui comme une plateforme de divertissement plus qu’un réseau social.En novembre, le directeur général de News Corp révélait que plusieurs options concernant MySpace étaient à l’étude. Sa vente n’est pas exclue.Le 17 décembre 2010 à 12:21 • Emmanuel Perrin
Milans noirs : quand le plastique se fait signe de puissanceLes milans noirs, des oiseaux de proie, utilisent pour confectionner leurs nids, des bouts de plastique blanc. Une technique qui, loin d’être pur esthétisme, est une façon pour eux de montrer leur puissance.Des chercheurs espagnols ont fait cette découverte et l’ont publiée dans la revue Science. Si voir un nid rempli de plastique nous rappelle combien la nature est polluée par l’activité humaine, les milans noirs ont su faire de cette pollution un moyen de protection.Les scientifiques se sont intéressés à ces nids plastifiés dans le parc national de Doñana, en Andalousie. Si certains oiseaux décorent leurs nids avec des cailloux pour attirer les femelles, les milans noirs construisent leur nid en couple et le décorent. Toutefois, tous ces rapaces ne remplissent pas leurs nids de bouts de plastique blanc, préféré aux autres couleurs par les milans noirs. Seuls les adultes les plus forts, âgés de sept à douze ans, confectionnent ainsi leur nid, afin de faire part de leur puissance à leurs pairs. Les oiseaux les plus jeunes et les plus vieux ne le font pas ou peu, ont constaté les chercheurs.Ainsi, les milans ayant les nids les plus décorés sont bien moins attaqués que les autres, la quantité de plastique témoignant de leur capacité à se défendre. Quant aux rapaces les moins puissants, ils ont pris soin de se débarrasser des morceaux de plastique que les chercheurs avaient déposés dans leur nid. “Cela s’explique par le fait que les oiseaux doivent passer un test social au cours duquel leurs pairs vérifient s’ils mentent ou non”, note Fabrizio Sergio, écologiste pour la Station Biologique Doñana.Selon lui, les milans noirs avaient probablement recours avant l’invention du plastique, à du papier ou du tissu pour décorer leur nid. “Et avant cela, bien que ce ne soit que des suppositions, les milans noirs utilisaient peut-être des plumes très colorées d’autres oiseaux ou de la laine blanche de mouton”, avance-t-il avant de s’interroger : “Peut-être que le comportement des oiseaux a évolué lorsque le plastique est apparu”.Le 30 janvier 2011 à 14:58 • Emmanuel Perrin
La masse du kilogramme-étalon remise en causeLe kilogramme-étalon, conservé en France depuis plus d’un siècle, pourrait voir son poids varier au fil du temps. Il semble toutefois difficile de le remplacer. Heureusement, une conférence internationale qui vient d’avoir lieu aurait avancé sur le problème.Cela fait plus de dix ans maintenant que de nombreux scientifiques de par le monde planchent sur la question : comment faire pour arriver à un kilogramme stable, qui deviendrait le poids de référence, immuable. La seule solution serait d’obtenir une nouvelle définition, indépendante de tout objet physique.En effet, pour l’heure, l’objet qui représente “LE kilo” date de 1889. Il s’agit d’un cylindre de 39 millimètres de diamètre et de hauteur composé à 90% de platine et à 10% d’iridium. Or, abrité sous trois cloches de verres elles-mêmes placées dans un coffre-fort à Sèvres, près de Paris, ce kilo-étalon aurait vu sa masse varier au cours du temps.L’écart serait d’environ 50 microgrammes (millionièmes de gramme) entre le prototype international du kilogramme et la moyenne de ses six copies officielles fabriquées à la même époque. “C’est à peu près 0,5 microgramme par an”, indique Alain Picard, directeur du département des masses du Bureau international des poids et mesures (BIPM). Actuellement, “par définition”, le prototype international représente l’unité de masse et “fait exactement 1 kg, mais on ne sait pas s’il maigrit ou s’il grossit”, a-t-il déclaré à l’AFP, évoquant de possibles “effets de surface” pour expliquer les infimes variations constatées.Aucun changement avant 2014 À lire aussiUn ballon expérimental percute violemment un véhiculeCette mesure-étalon n’est pas assez stable pour rester une référence, raison pour laquelle les scientifiques recherchent une “meilleure définition d’une unité de masse”, comme cela a déjà été le cas pour le mètre dès 1960, puis à nouveau en 1983. Il y a deux systèmes qui permettent de redéfinir le kilogramme, d’une part la “méthode Avogadro” : “on compte le nombre d’atomes qu’il y a dans une sphère de silicium de 1 kg”, explique M. Picard. D’autre part “la balance du watt”. Il n’existe que cinq exemplaires au monde de cet appareil très complexe capable de faire le lien entre la balance de Planck et le kilogramme. Il pourrait comparer la puissance mécanique à la puissance électrique.Mais tous les scientifiques ne tombent pas d’accord sur la question : 170 microgrammes de désaccord exactement persistent sur la valeur d’1 kilo. “On ne changera pas de définition”, tant qu’ils “ne seront pas résolus”, souligne M. Picard. Lors de sa 24e réunion à Paris en octobre, la Conférence générale des Poids et mesures (CGPM) a proposé de lui donner une valeur exacte : 6,62606… x 10 puissance -34 joule seconde et des poussières, en ajoutant quelques décimales grâce aux expériences en cours. Mais “pour l’instant, aucune décision n’a été prise” et aucun changement concret n’est attendu avant 2014, tempère Alain Picard.Le 7 novembre 2011 à 14:33 • Maxime Lambert
Etats-Unis : l’hépatite C devenue plus meurtrière que le SIDA en 2007Selon une nouvelle étude des autorités sanitaires américaines, l’hépatite C est devenu en 2007 une cause de mortalité plus importante que le SIDA. Ceci s’expliquerait en partie par la progression des traitements prescrits contre le VIH.L’hépatite C a fait davantage de morts que le VIH aux Etats-Unis en 2007. C’est du moins ce que révèle un récent bilan établi par les Centres pour le contrôle et la prévention des maladies aux Etats-Unis (CDC). D’après les chiffres fournis, cette année-là, 15.000 personnes ont trouvé la mort à cause du virus de l’hépatite C qui s’attaque au foie et aboutit à une maladie incurable. En comparaison, le virus du SIDA aurait été à l’origine de 12.734 décès sur la même période.À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?Toutefois, avant 2007, le VIH était plus mortel que celui de l’Hépatite C, qui bien souvent n’entraîne aucun symptôme et peut être transmis par voie sanguine via notamment des seringues de drogue usagées ou par des relations sexuelles non protégées avec un partenaire infecté. Selon la Bibliothèque nationale de médecine, 1,5% de la population américaine environ serait porteuse de ce virus de l’hépatite. Pouvant provoquer des cirrhoses ou cancer, la maladie est d’ailleurs devenue l’une des premières causes de maladie chronique du foie aux Etats-Unis. L’hépatite C se traite par injection et absorption (très régulière) de médicaments mais il n’existe pour l’heure aucun vaccin pour prévenir l’infection. D’après les chercheurs, le fait que les décès dus au virus de l’hépatite C soit désormais plus importants que ceux causés par le SIDA, s’explique par les progrès réalisés dans le traitement du VIH, avec le développement de thérapies efficaces et de campagnes de sensibilisation. “La même approche pour la prévention de l’hépatite virale pourrait conduire à des résultats similaires avec le temps”, conclut ainsi l’étude des CDC. Le 24 février 2012 à 16:42 • Maxime Lambert
The Wonderful World of Pokemon GO1/10Pokemon GO is an augmented reality Pokemon game that uses your device’s location services and camera to bring the Pokemon universe to life.<><> Japanese McDonald’s are already pretty popular destinations for hungry locals. But they’re about to get a thousand times busier thanks to crazed Pokemon Go players.According to a “well-placed source,” every McDonald’s location in Japan will soon become a Pokestop or a Pokemon gym for Pokemon GO. That meshes with what earlier analysis of clues discovered in the game’s code suggested– so it’s all but guaranteed that Japanese Pokemon players will soon be swarming McDonald’s location for more than Giga Big Macs and McChoco Potatoes.All that needs to happen now is for Pokemon Go to actually launch in Japan. It hasn’t made its way back home yet because of concerns over server capacity. There’s certainly good reason for that. Niantic and Nintendo have already had to deal with outages elsewhere around the globe because of the game’s insane popularity. That can’t happen in Nintendo’s home country.They’ve got to get the home launch just right because of the financial implications. Nintendo’s market valuation actually surpassed Sony’s this week, and it’s all because of Pokemon Go. Nintendo shares shot up 25% when the game launched — and enjoyed a 50% increase when the game launched on US soil.Nintendo share prices aren’t the only ones shooting up, either. Some players are so obsessed with Pokemon Go that they’re willing to spend piles of money on more than Pokecoins. Those looking for an easy way to the top are paying hundreds of dollars on eBay for accounts that have already been leveled up.
Wingsuit videos have become quite common. People jumping off a cliff with a GoPro strapped to their head and skimming the tree tops or flying through impossibly small gaps is exhilarating to watch. But such jumps require a lot of skill, and they don’t always end well.It’s not often we get to see a wingsuit base jump that goes wrong, but Eric Dossantos decided to share the video of how badly his jump went in France, and how it nearly cost him his life.The jump seems to be going well until he performs a big left turn and aims for the trees. He loses a lot of speed and altitude and although things seems to be going well, he’s really close to the ground. It turns out he’s too close. At the 2 minute mark in the video above, he hits the trees.The crash happened at a speed of around 90mph. According to a GoFundMe page setup by Mathias Ringstrom for Eric, his injuries include:Left scapula fractureLeft acromian fractureLeft neck abrasionLeft clavicle fracture3 left side rib fracturesLeft hemopneumothorax (air and blood in the chest cavity)Grade 1 liver lacerationHead traumaMultiple scalp lacerationsEric’s medical insurance will ensure he gets the treatment he needs, but the GoFundMe has been setup for the one thing it doesn’t cover: a Hyperbaric chamber (HBOT). By using a HBOT pure oxygen higher than atmospheric pressure is breathed in. This allows the oxygen to be absorbed throughout the body and stimulates any damaged cells or organs including the brain. It should help improve his recovery from the head trauma.Posting on Facebook from his hospital bed, Eric apologized for not contacting the people close to him. He’s a bit busy right now trying to recover from all those injuries.
One of the main talking points following the unveiling of the iPhone 7 was the smartphone’s lack of a headphone jack. It instantly rendered millions of pairs of headphones unusable without an adapter, and paved the way for Lightning headphones alongside wireless audio.Apple intends to take full advantage of this forced moved to new audio connections with a new range of Beats headphones/earphones using a Lightning connector. But the real star of the show as far as Apple is concerned comes in the form of the AirPods. The $159 wireless earphones promise to solve the cable issue permanently by not having any.There’s one problem with AirPods, though, (beyond the high price, poor battery life, and concerns about losing them) and that’s actually being able to buy them. AirPods were meant to go on sale before the end of October, but Apple has confirmed that is no longer going to happen.No reason has been given for the delay, and no new release date or even window has been stated. Apple simply says they require “a little more time” to perfect the product. That could translate into a design or performance issue, but more likely it’s a production short fall. Apple wants AirPods to sell like hot cakes, and it needs the stock available for that to happen at launch.Will AirPods appear before Christmas? If they don’t then that’s a major failing and missed opportunity on Apple’s part. AirPods are the kind of product many will consider adding alongside an iPhone purchase for under the tree, even if they do cost $159 a pair.
If there’s a single genre that defines the video game, it might be the first-person shooter. Think about it. When a TV show wants to have a gamer character, what kind of thing is he usually playing? Nine times out of ten they’ll be looking down iron sights and fragging foes over the Internet. There’s just something pure about the concept. No on-screen avatar to jerk around like a puppet. Your monitor is your eyes. Your mouse, your rifle. The connection is direct and immediate.First-person shooters have enjoyed a rocky history in the forty-five years they’ve been around (yes, you read that right). They’ve had waves of tremendous popularity and serious decline, but they always come back as new generations of game designers bring fresh ideas and technical excellence to the concept. In this article, we trace the genre back to the beginning and try to talk about every single FPS ever released on a major platform, along with links to videos of gameplay footage. We’re going to stick with games where the player character is primarily on foot, so most purely vehicular FPS games like Descent aren’t going to be included. If we forgot anything, let us know in the comments.See Through Your EyesComputer graphics was unexplored country in the 1970s. Once systems moved from punchcards to pixels on a screen, programmers started figuring out ways to make those pixels do interesting things.Historians agree that the first real attempt at a first-person shooter came in 1973 with Maze War for the Imlac PDS-1 computers installed at the NASA Ames Research Center. Steve Colley was the first credited developer, and in the game multiple users could walk through a 3-D maze one “tile” at a time, shooting other players (represented as eyeballs) on sight. It was clunky, but nothing like it had ever been tried.1974 saw Spasim, short for “Space Simulator,” on networked PLATO computers. This put you in control of a spaceship, not a human, but it rendered a 3D world in wireframe. Lest you think people were having fun with these early games, it’s important to note that the hardware of the time was so primitive that the screens would refresh once a second – a truly abysmal framerate. Later iterations of the game would become Panther, a tank simulation that would make the jump to the arcades a few years later.Insert CoinAny history of video games has to start in the arcades. In the 1980s, this was the gamer’s primary destination, with hardware on the bleeding edge pushing new and innovative developments in game design. Although we typically associate FPS gameplay with home computers, the arcades did see a few precursors to the genre, as well as some interesting takes on the idea.Probably the most important arcade ancestor of the FPS genre is Atari’s 1980 Battlezone. The vector-rendered game put players behind the treads of a deadly assault tank, capable of rotating and moving in any direction across a featureless landscape dotted with geometric solids and enemy foes. It’s primitive, but all the key elements are there.One arcade game that in intensity most resembles early FPSes was Midway’s 1981 Wizard Of Wor. With players navigating a dangerous maze infested with deadly creatures – and even able to shoot each other in two player mode – it was essentially Doom seen from above.Released the same year as Doom, Taito’s Gun Buster was the first free-roaming sprite-based FPS to hit arcades. It controlled with the unusual combination of a joystick for movement paired with a light gun for aiming and shooting, and cabinets could be networked together for multi-player deathmatches.Maze RunnerThe first real home computer FPS was MIDI Maze, released for the Atari ST by Hybrid Arts in 1987. It put players in the role of a Pac-Man like orb in a right-angled maze, able to move in any direction and shoot deadly bubbles at other Pacs.What made MIDI Maze so fascinating was its networking capability. Using the MIDI in and out ports typically delegated to sound recording and processing, the game could communicate with as many as 16 players in the same maze (although anything over 4 typically caused massive amounts of lag). Competitive deathmatches were fun, especially because users could create their own mazes with a simple text editor.In 1991, a version of MIDI Maze was released for the original Game Boy under the name Faceball 2000. Using a curious hardware hack, it enabled up to 16 of the portable consoles to be networked together for massive multiplay. But this game was a curiosity more than anything.Hungry Like The WolfWe’re almost a thousand words into this and we haven’t even hit Doom yet. Stay calm, buddy. Now’s the time when we meet the guys who would transform the world of first-person shooting forever.iD Software was founded by John Carmack, John Romero, Tom Hall, Adrian Carmack, all employees of publisher Softdisk. John Carmack’s technical genius enabled the team to wring incredible performance out of the PCs of the day, starting with 1990’s side-scrolling Commander Keen. When Carmack figured out a way to render 3D environments just as quickly as 2D ones, it energized the newborn company to innovate once more.Carmack developed the concept of raycasting with an earlier title called Catacomb 3D– making the computer only draw what the player could see, rather than the whole world around him – and it unshackled 3D gaming from the world of flight simulators and other niche wonk stuff.1992 saw the shareware release of iD’s Wolfenstein 3D, the unofficial sequel to classic adventure game Castle Wolfenstein. While that game put players in a 2D elevated view, this new title embedded them right in the skull of Allied spy William “B.J.” Blazkowicz, massacring Krauts inside a Nazi prison. John Romero and Tom Hall pushed the experience to be fast and visceral, keeping players constantly on their toes unlike the slower-paced fare of the time.The game saw 200,000 copies sold in a year, with publisher Apogee commissioning sequels and even releasing a collection of 800(!) player-made levels for the game. It was a tremendous hit and single-handedly created a new genre.And then, eighteen months later, there was Doom.Big F**ing GameThe success of Wolfenstein freed iD to follow their bliss, and they wanted more. Their next game would be bigger, faster, bloodier and scarier, powered by Carmack’s incredibly ambitious engine. With a couple side stops to make Hovertank 3-D (faster rendering) and Catacomb 3-D (mapping textures to surfaces), they had all the tools they needed. The team could now map surface textures onto 3D objects, have floors at varying altitudes, and light different areas at different levels of illumination. When attempts to gain the Aliens license fell through, Carmack revised the concept to be about technology vs. demons and Doom
Stay on target The new Star Wars movie is out. If you’re reading this site, chances are you’ve seen it but we’ll try to keep things mostly spoiler-free. You know, for anyone who just parked their ship on the beach and wandered in. Even so, take this as a warning that I’m writing this assuming you’ve already seen the movie. Little things might get spoiled, but no major plot details will be discussed. Either way, the thing you need to know about the movie is: It’s fantastic. Rian Johnson took some huge risks with the franchise, and while maybe not every one of them paid off, most did spectacularly. No matter where you came down on the movie, this is what the series needs to do if it’s going to last as long as we all want it to. Disney is going to keep making Star Wars movies long past when we’re all dead. Entries like this keeps the series from getting samey.But hey, not everyone agrees. That would be fine if it weren’t for the fact that the internet makes everything worse. It’s not enough to not like something and move on. For many on the internet, not liking a multi-million-dollar tentpole in a sci-fi franchise is cause for a moral crusade. To that effect, some fans have even started a petition to get The Last Jedi removed from official Star Wars canon. Apparently, they’d rather have a giant hole in the story than one with a slightly disillusioned hero. The Change.org petition, Comic Book reports, contains numerous spoilers and mostly takes issue with the fact that Luke wasn’t in it very much. And that his perspectives on things have changed over the years. As if the entire point of this new trilogy wasn’t to pass the torch from the old Star Wars characters to the new ones.The petition turned out to be a joke that got out of hand, and its creator has called for the thousands of people who signed it to put their energy towards something more positive. Good on him. In an update, Henry Walsh tells the story of how he was recovering from a vehicle accident when he saw the film. He was still disappointed by the movie, but his feelings were exacerbated by the pain.“So please, while we all love Star Wars, I urge every single supporter who signed this, to also take a few minutes to look at other petitions on Change.Org, ones that are important, or look at causes on GoFundMe. Places where we can make a difference that matters,” he writes. Walsh seems like a stand-up guy, and everyone should take his advice. But this petition doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Thousands of people signed it, one Facebook troll claimed to review-bomb the movie’s audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, and there has been no end of toxic vitriol on Twitter. Even as Walsh tries to turn his joke petition towards something positive, there are still too many bad fans on the internet taking their disappointment too far.Kylo Ren, the worst Star Wars fan. (Photo via StarWars.com)You don’t have to like every part of a thing to be a fan. There are two whole prequels and entire arcs of Star Wars: The Clone Wars that I’m not a fan of. But they’re canon. They’re part of the story, and ultimately they add up to the gigantic amazing storied work. A testament to human accomplishment and collaboration. It’s inevitable that there are going to be parts of this that you personally don’t like. In this case, it’s inexplicably one of the best parts, but hey, to each their own. Some people like Jar Jar, you can’t reason with everybody. But it all has a right to exist.I still take issue with equating wiping The Last Jedi from canon with Disney’s dismissal of the Augmented Universe, the books, comics and video games that made up Star Wars canon before Disney bought Lucasfilm and made plans to continue the franchise. It purports that there’s no difference between a movie and highly-polished fanfiction. I love some of that AU stuff too, but let’s not pretend it was a masterpiece worth preserving and hitching the future of the movies too. The Han Solo Trilogy was great, as was the New Jedi Academy and basically everything with Mara Jade. Other than that? Did anyone really need to see Luuke on the big screen? Or Luuuke?Anyway, that’s enough airtime to bad fans, let’s focus on some positive Star Wars stuff. Like Kelly Marie Tran. One of The Last Jedi’s breakout stars, Tran was about to quit acting entirely before she got the role. Since the premiere, you could see her walking on air in every appearance, as though she doesn’t quite believe it’s all really happening. It’s the same reaction we’d all have if we were suddenly cast in a Star Wars movie, and it’s super endearing. Over the weekend, Tran was in a bar with a friend when she heard a table nearby discussing The Last Jedi. She was just as much of a creep as any of us would be, eavesdropping on the conversation and giggling when the conversation turned to her character. Fortunately, the people talking about the movie didn’t think it was creepy. Upon hearing about how much they loved Rose Tico in the movie, Tran introduced herself to the group. They were understandably psyched. Star Wars x Adidas Ultraboost Photos Have Leaked’Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. She’s a delight.Now that we’re all in a feel-good mood, it’s of course time to look to the future. Star Wars will never end as long as Disney holds the reigns, and so neither will the speculation about what’s to come. Making Star Wars reports that J.J. Abrams has already made his pitch for Star Wars: Episode IX. That’s literally all we know about the movie right now. With the way The Last Jedi ended, Episode IX could go in pretty much any direction. All that seems certain is there will probably be some kind of time jump, much like there was between Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. What remains of the resistance will probably have built themselves up a bit, allowing for a small spark of hope that they’ll be able to beat the First Order. If that’s the case, we can only assume that Kylo Ren will have only grown to be more powerful. Maybe he’ll even rival Palpatine when we see him next.What’s more exciting to think about is what comes later. Rian Johnson is taking the lead on a completely new Star Wars trilogy after Episode IX is done. That could explain some of the more… controversial choices that Johnson made in The Last Jedi. Remember that his trilogy is said to explore a corner of the galaxy Star Wars has never touched. That’s suddenly way more possible after The Last Jedi. Without getting too deep into the details, the movie makes it a point to say that heritage doesn’t matter. That Jedi, or at least extremely force-sensitive heroes, can come from anywhere. The point is hammered home at the very end when, spoilers ahead, the movie returns to Canto Bright and gives us the briefest, subtlest glimpse at a force-sensitive slave child.As Comic Book points out, that could be the jumping off point for Johnson’s new trilogy. It’s possible that that boy, a grown-up version of him anyway, could be the focus of the next trilogy. It would be a really cool way to set up the future of Star Wars. Abrams’s Episode IX finishes the story of Rey, Poe, the Resistance and the First Order. Then, the next trilogy, whether it begins with Episode X or not, comes from the seed planted in The Last Jedi. Finn and Rose inspired this young Force-sensitive boy to be the hero in the next generation. All I know is, after The Last Jedi, I want more Rian Johnson Star Wars.Finally, let’s end with something fun. It’s no secret that Rey’s battle with Kylo in The Force Awakens left him scarred. As we saw in The Last Jedi, that really is all the physical damage it did to him. That wasn’t always the plan. Games Radar found a photo from the upcoming book, The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. It depicts a very different look for Kylo Ren after his battle with Rey.“KYLO REN WITH CAPE VERSION 07” by Zonjić, (Photo via GamesRadar, from The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi by Phil Szostak)Yes, he was originally going to be bald. I never thought I’d be so happy to see that Adam Driver’s long flowing locks were left in Star Wars. Although, this would have made that awkward shirtless scene even funnier.